Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-6-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Henrietta Baring has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Argos, IT Commercial and Supply Chain, reporting to Mike Sackman, IT Director. The role is key to bringing to life the strategic vision for Argos to be a digital retail leader, as announced to The City on 24 October 2012.
Henrietta has joined the business in this leadership role to help deliver the strategy of More Choice, Available Faster for customers by managing the integration of supply chain infrastructure and support customer facing developments, such as those in digital stores, in collaboration with appointed delivery partners.
She joins from Ardagh Group, where she led and delivered large scale, capital intensive and complex transformational programmes. Previously, she held similar roles across a variety of sectors in the UK and internationally at Diageo, Allied Domecq and Australian Post.
On her appointment, Mike Sackman, IT Director, Argos said: “I am delighted that Henrietta has joined the IT leadership team. Technology is at the heart of the Argos Transformation and as we build our capabilities to ensure we have a fully integrated supply chain. This is crucial to allow us to respond quickly and effectively to the marketplace.
“Her areas of focus will be on systems that show real time product availability and reduce lead times to customers, and systems that process millions of customer orders for local in store pickup or for home delivery. She is a great addition to an already strong team.”
On her appointment, Henrietta Baring added: “I am delighted to be joining at this exciting time for the business and am impressed by the positivity, pace and enthusiasm to change within Argos.
“In my experience, it is crucial to have cross-business support and collaboration for major complex infrastructure projects to work and that is absolutely what we have here. With such passionate stakeholders involved I know that customers are starting to see the benefits of the plan working for them.”
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Argosis a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.
Argos continues to be theUK’s largest high street retailer online with 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014. Argosserves around 123 million customers a year through its network of 734 stores.
In the financial year to February 2014,Argossales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.
Argos is part of Home Retail Group, theUK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.